Who We Are & What We Do

The Green Sports Alliance is the environmentally-focused trade organization that convenes stakeholders from around the sporting world (teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans) to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. We are committed to creating awareness and dedicated to creating meaningful change towards a more sustainable future.

We share resources, experience, and expertise to raise awareness of what’s environmentally possible in sports, business, and society. We mobilize sports organizations, communities, athletes, and fans to create sustainable progress and behavior change.

Philosophy

The Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play. We encourage the sports industry and its partners to measure, mitigate, and advance their sustainability and social impact.

Sport has a global reach and the Alliance is uniquely positioned to amplify environmental causes and activate passionate fan bases the world over. The Alliance and our members leverage that passion to create meaningful change and provide a universal platform that can catalyze awareness and action.

Our History

The Green Sports Alliance was conceived and founded by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Inaugural members and partners of the Alliance include the Seattle Seahawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Storm, Vancouver Canucks, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Green Building Services, and Milepost Consulting.

The Green Sports Alliance celebrates its national launch date of March 21, 2011. In August, the first Green Sports Alliance Summit is held in Portland, Oregon.

Green Sports Alliance proclaims October 6th the inaugural Green Sports Day with support from The White House, President Barack Obama, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Green Sports Alliance Japan is launched as an independent organization.

Team

  • Jessica Crawford Project Coordinator
  • Erik Distler Director of Partnerships
  • Kelley Martin Director of Operations
  • Roger McClendon Executive Director
  • Garrett Wong Member Services Manager

Board

  • Joe Abernathy, St. Louis Cardinals VP, Stadium Operations
  • Steve Ashkin, Green Cleaning Network Executive Director
  • Elaine Aye, RWDI Associate/Regional Manager
  • Doug Behar, New York Yankees Senior Vice President, Stadium Operations
  • Darryl Benge, Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay Lighting & Tampa Bay Storm EVP and Arena General Manager
  • Mary Harvey, Centre for Sport and Human Rights CEO
  • Brandon Igdalsky, NASCAR Managing Director Event Marketing & Promotion
  • Dune Ives, Lonely Whale Foundation Executive Director
  • Scott Jenkins, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group General Manager
  • John Marler, AEG VP of Energy and Environment
  • Kunal Merchant, Lotus Advisory Managing Director
  • Bob Nutting, Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman of the Board
  • Robin Raj, Citizen Group Founder/Executive Creative Director
  • Jennifer Regan, We Bring It On Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Jill Savery, 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Director
  • Jason Twill, Urban Apostles Pty. Ltd. Director
  • Jackie Ventura, American Airlines Arena/Heat Group Director, Sustainability & Operations
  • Cyrus Wadia, Nike / The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Former VP, Sustainable Business & Innovation Former Assistant Director Clean Energy and Materials R&D
  • Jamie Zaninovich, Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer

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